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The Senate on Tuesday, May 17, expressed its support for the federal government on its decision to remove subsidy on petrol and peg the pump price of the product at N145 per litre.

This was disclosed after a long executive session presided over by Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate.

He called on government to effectively plead with labour unions to forestall the threatened strike.

Ekweremadu also said that the Senate sympathized with Nigerians for the hardship which the new prices of petrol.

“The Senate in a closed session deliberated on the increase in the pump price of PMS by the Federal Government and the threats by the organised Labour to embark on a nationwide strike.

“We resolved as follows: that we sympathise with ordinary people of Nigeria on the hardships they are going through.

“That the senate will engage the federal government to find sustainble ways of improving the welfare of the people of Nigeria.

“That we call on government to continue to engage the organised labour and other stakeholders to resolve issues in other not ground the system and impose more hardships on our people.

“That government should immediately start implementing palliative measures contained in the 2016 appropriation act passed by the National Assembly,” he said.

Last week, the federal government announced the removal of subsidy from petrol and a new price of N145 per litre.

The announcement had generated major agitations from Nigerians.
Also, the Nigerian Labour Congress threatened to embark on strike on Wednesday, May 18, if the price was not reverted to N86 per litre, but a court injunction has reportedly stopped that process.
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